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By Chuck Mikolajczak and Jessica Toonkel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Viacom Inc's six independent directors will fight any attempt to oust them from the U.S. media company's 11-member board, Lead Independent Director Fred Salerno said in a letter to shareholders on Monday. Salerno said the independent directors are facing a removal attempt "as a result of a chain of actions said to have been legally put in motion by the controlling shareholder of Viacom, Sumner Redstone." The directors find the assertion "inexplicable" that Redstone was "acting of his own free will and with the mental competency to do so," Salerno said. The letter came three days after a statement from Redstone, issued by his spokesman, that said the 93-year-old media mogul was considering ousting Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman and the board of directors.. Redstone, who holds 80 percent of the voting shares in Viacom and CBS Corp , earlier this month removed Dauman and Viacom board member George Abrams from the seven-person trust that will control the shares after Redstone exits.
By Lacey Ann Johnson FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A pre-trial hearing for five Sept. 11 suspects began on Monday at Guantanamo Bay, with prisoners' treatment expected to be a focus of the U.S. military court sessions. James Connell, a defense lawyer, told Judge Army Colonel James Pohl that medical records provided by the prosecution had been insufficient, lacking personal identifying information and a chronology of patient care. "This is not the way that discovery is supposed to work ... the medical records are actually extremely important," said Connell, who represents Kuwaiti inmate Ammar al Baluchi, an alleged al Qaeda money mover.